Below are areas on campus that may assist you with financial support
- Financial Aid
- Graduate Assistantships
- Graduate Student Association's support for conference and research
The Financial Aid Office located in Memorial Hall, Room 103, provides assistance for those who are unable to meet educational expenses entirely from their own resources.
Student Loans are available with low interest rates and extended repayment periods:
Federal Direct Stafford Loans (Subsidized and/or Unsubsidized)
Applying for Financial Aid at CCSU
It is important to contact the Office of Financial Aid for application materials, required documents, eligibility requirements and priority deadline dates. Application received after priority deadline dates will be considered for remaining funds on first-come, first-serve basis.
Internet Filling: Students are encouraged to apply online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. You may also access FAFSA on the web by connecting to our CCSU Financial Aid Home Page at http://www.ccsu.edu/finaid/ Our school code is 001378.
Federal Aid becomes available to graduate students in the semester which they first matriculate. For example, if you are admitted for a fall semester, you are considered matriculated in fall. Consequently, you are not eligible for federal financial aid in the summer preceeding the fall.
For more information call the Office of Financial Aid at CCSU at (860) 832-2200 between the office hours of 8am-5pm, Monday - Friday.
Graduate Academic Awards
Graduate Academic Awards are presented each fall to one distinguished student in each academic program. Departments may nominate the same student to be considered for the Outstanding Scholar Award. There will be one outstanding scholar from each school in the university. The criteria established by the Graduate Studies Committee are:
- Must have completed 12 credit hours in an approved graduate planned program of study.
- Must be in attendance at least one or more additional semesters following the semester of nomination.
- Shall be registered as a full or part-time student in good standing for a minimum of three (3) credits in the spring or fall semester of the academic year of the nomination.
- Must be pursuing either a Master's Degree, Sixth Year Program or the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.
- Must demonstrate minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 on the graduate transcript.
- Must have completed a minimum of nine (9) credits of graduate level courses in an approved planned program of study.
- Must have received no more than one B in courses in the approved planned program.
For the Academic Award: Must include signatures from both the advisor and an instructor at CCSU with whom the nominee has completed a graduate level course.
For the Outstanding Scholar Award: Must be nominated by department or program faculty and include two letters of recommendation from the adviser, instructor, graduate program director, or department chair that address how the nominee demonstrates as many as applicable of the Graduate Tenets.
Graduate students are limited to one graduate Academic Award during their course of graduate study at CCSU.
Graduate Student Association Scholarship
Criteria for this Scholarship are:
- Must have completed a minimum of 12 semester hours of graduate academic credit in residence at Central Connecticut State University.
- Must be in attendance at least one additional semester after receipt of award.
- Must demonstrate minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.50 for all graduate courses.
- Along with the application, applicants must submit two letters of recommendation from faculty, academic advisors, department chairs, and/or deans who can attest to their participation and leadership in University and/or community service activities. Applicants must also submit a 500-1,000-word application essay. In this essay applicants should address their involvement in university and/or community service activities during their time in their current graduate program.
Ruthe Boyea Scholarship
Matriculated undergraduate or graduate students with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 who shows promise of outstanding academic and career potential and support for the enhancement of women.
Special Application Instructions:
Applicants shall submit a statement indicating what they have done, or plan to do, for the enhancement of women.
David DeNuccio Graduate Scholarship
Provides financial support for the recognition of outstanding performance by graduate students in the CCSU Department of Biological Sciences.
These awards are for the most worthy graduate students in each of the three majors:
M.A. - Biological Sciences;
M.S. - Biological Sciences;
M.S. - Biological Sciences - Anaesthesia
For more information on Scholarships: http://www.ccsu.edu/page.cfm?p=891
A limited number of graduate assistantships are available in each department offering graduate studies programs as well as other offices or departments on campus. Students seeking information about assistantships should contact the department directly. For general information about graduate assistantships contact the School of Graduate Studies, (860-832-2363) located in Barnard 102.
Central Connecticut's graduate assistantship program provides some financial support for students who wish to participate in an academically relevant work experience while pursuing graduate study. Graduate assistants may assist faculty in teaching classes, supervising laboratories, working with faculty who are conducting research, or participating in leadership roles for service and partnership activities. Faculty provide careful guidance so that graduate assistants develop new skills while carrying out their assigned responsibilities. At the same time, graduate assistants help faculty to meet their obligations as teachers and scholars. Thus, the program provides real benefits to the graduate student and to the University community.
Graduate students must be fully admitted by the Graduate School and pursuing course work leading to a master's degree, Ed. D, sixth year certificate, post-master's planned program, post-baccalaureate teacher certification or OCP programs. GA's are appointed by the Dean of Graduate Studies upon the recommendation of a department chair or other administrative officials.
Assistantships recipients are expected to be enrolled in required courses within their planned programs of graduate study and/or prerequisites necessary to offset and undergraduate deficiencies prior to undertaking such requirements.
To receive or maintain an assistantship placement, a minimum GPA of 3.00 for all post-baccalaureate course work completed at Central Connecticut State University is required. New students must also have a 3.00; first year graduate students with no post-baccalaureate course work must have a cumulative 3.00 GPA from their undergraduate course work.
All graduate assistants must meet specific criteria.
Assistantships are available on a full-time or half-time basis. Students appointed as a full-time GA's provide 20 hours of service per week or 300 total hours during the semester; students appointed as half-time GA's provide 10 hours of service per week or 150 total hours.
To be awarded a full-time assistantship, a graduate student must be classified as a full-time student, (Nine (9) or more semester hours). Half-time appointed GA's who are full-time students must also enroll for nine (9) or more semester hours of course work. Half-time GA appointments are also available to part-time students. A part-time student who receives a graduate assistantship may take from three (3) to eight (8) semester hours of course work.
Full-time graduate assistants receive a stipend ranging from $2,400 to $$4,800 each semester, in addition to a waiver of the State University and Student Activity fees and most of the General Fee. They pay resident or non-resident tuition as appropriate, a portion of the University General Fee attributable to student accident and sickness insurance, and sickness/accident insurance coverage costs as needed. Sickness/accident insurance charges and the related General Fee amount for the student insurance plan may be waived on the basis of alternate coverage.
Half-time graduate assistants receive a stipend ranging from $1,200 to $2,400 each semester. If half-time assistants enroll full-time in the general fund (nine or more semester hours), they pay full-time tuition but receive a waiver of the State University and Student Activity fees and most of the General fees as specified for the full-time assistants. Other provisions described above also apply to half-time graduate assistants who are full-time graduate students. If a graduate assistant enrolls for less than nine course credits within a semester, the student pays the appropriate fees for part-time extension fund graduate studies.
For more information on assistantships please see the Graduate Studies Website: http://www.ccsu.edu/grad/graduateassistantships.htm
The Graduate Student Association of Central Connecticut State University.
The Graduate Student Association (GSA) includes as members all full-time and any part-time students. GSA sponsors orientation activities for all new graduate students, lectures, the GSA Scholarship, and Leadership Development Grants. The latter assists graduate students to attend conferences and workshops or to complete research associated with theses, special projects or other approved, related graduate research. The GSA also funds the activities of graduate student societies in the academic departments.
For more information: http://www.ccsu.edu/grad/gsa/default.htm